Haywards Restaurant

Modern European·
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Silver Award
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SquareMeal Review of Haywards Restaurant

Silver Award

Situated on the edge of Epping Forest, in the grounds of The Forest Gate Inn (a 17th-century free house owned and run by the Stokes family for over 50 years), Haywards is gaining a reputation as one of the go-to fine-dining destinations in this part of Essex. “Just amazing food, service and ambience”, trumpets a fan. Chef/proprietor Jahdre Hayward is doing great things here, delivering seasonal food with bags of style and ambition – think rabbit lasagne with mushroom purée, celeriac purée and thyme foam, steamed sea bass with pea gnocchi and tomato fondue or honey-roast duck breast with salt-baked heritage carrots. There are some intriguing veggie ideas too (ravioli of charlotte potatoes with beer and onion consommé, for example), while desserts could feature chocolate pavé with yoghurt sorbet, passion fruit sorbet and gel. The nearby Gate House B&B offers stylish and comfortable accommodation just a stones throw away from the restaurant and various packages to include dinner and an overnight stay are available.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Modern European
Ambience
Cool, Fine dining, Lively, Luxury
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About

Fine dining restaurant Haywards in Epping serves refined modern European cuisine focused around using the best local and seasonal produce available. Heading up the kitchen is chef Jahdre Hayward who’s culinary career has seem him work in numerous esteemed kitchens around the world. From The Savoy Hotel and The Ritz in London to Guillaume at Bennelong at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, Hayward draws on his expansive experience to create a series of highly-competent menus. Jahdre’s wife Amanda is also a key part of the operation and occupies the role of Restaurant Manager at Haywards.  She has worked in a number of positions at several Melbourne restaurants including Grossi Florentino, Maze by Gordon Ramsey and Circa, The Prince. 

Produce and provenance play an integral role and the restaurant grows many of its ingredients, including fruit, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers, in its very own Haywards Garden. The dining room, meanwhile, is located inside a sympathetically-restored old coach house and has been designed so as to retain many of its original features. Calming blues, nature-inspired artworks and wooden floors create a smart but relaxed feel. 

Both a la carte and tasting menus are available. Guests can choose to order two or three courses from the former, while both four and six-course tasting menus are offered in the evening. Examples of dishes you might try include a crab salad with apple dashi and lovage emulsion, honey and miso-glazed duck breast with duck leg croquette, cabbage puree and plum gel, and milk and chocolate hazelnut mousse with earl grey cremeux and banana ice cream.  

Finally, an extensive wine list spans ‘lean and crisp’, 'textural and aromatic’ and ‘savoury’ whites, as well as ‘light and aromatic’, ‘fine and savoury’ and ‘robust and structured’ reds.  

Menu Highlights

Main Courses
Stone Bass , Sweet Potato, Crab - £15.00

Fillet of stone bass, sweet potato & chorizo marmalade, crab bisqueOmbre (organic), Pinot Grigio, 2021 Delle Venezia, ITALY


FAQs

Are there gluten-free options on the menut?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu.

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Does it offer takeaway?

The restaurant runs a ‘Coffee by Haywards’ takeaway offer which includes a range of hot and cold beverages, homemade cakes and snacks on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.

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Location

111 Bell Common, Epping, Essex, CM16 4DZ

01992 577 350 01992 577 350

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 12:00-17:00
Fri 12:00-17:00
Sat 12:00-17:00
Sun 12:30-18:00
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 18:00-23:30
Fri 18:00-23:30
Sat 18:00-23:30
Sun Closed

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8 Reviews 
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Service
Atmosphere
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Anon

27 December 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Wonderful fine dining restaurant just outside Epping. Food is exquisite, with all the little extras - amuse bouche, pre-desserts and wonderful wine matching. Fantastic efficient friendly service and a lovely personal touch. We love it and are regulars....

Anon

06 June 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Haywards and its Flavours

Such great flavour combinations.

Lloyd S

04 February 2019  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Amazing Tasting Menu Lunch

For the last five years I've been a frequent diner here at Haywards. This to me is an easy decision as for one it's only half an hours drive away. The other reasons are is that the food is simply amazing which is matched by the fabulous service you receive from an excellent young team. It's not hard to see why this restaurant once again won Best Restaurant in Essex and now also has the well deserved honour of being a 2 AA Rosettes restaurant to which I'm sure in the future will increase. So as I said the food created by Chef Jahdre Hayward is fantastic and full of stunning flavours which without any doubt has been improving year by year. So what to expect in 2019 well if our first visit of this year is anything to go by then I would recommend booking a table now as you'll be in for a treat. We arrived on Saturday for lunch and received our usual nice welcome before being shown to what I can now say is our regular table. While enjoying our pre lunch drinks owner Amanda said that if it was ok with us Chef has created for us a Special Tasting Menu which would include all the new dishes. A lunch time Tasting Menu is something that they're looking to introduce so please feel free to ask about it's availability. Well honestly how could we refuse so gladly accepted and couldn't wait to see he'd produced. We started first with some fabulous Granary Sourdough Bread before enjoying a Carrot & Ginger Veloute along with Paprika Crackers & Arancini Balls. Now it was time for our first course and wow it was outstanding a Foie Gras & Green Tea Ballotine with Salted Grapes & Pickled Apple a truly amazing way to begin. This was followed by a fantastic vegetarian dish a Roasted Cauliflower with Ricotta Dumplings , Capers , Pine Nuts & Raisins just heaven Now on to our next course and yes it was another dish full of flavour as we were treated to a Ham Hock Boudin , Jerusalem Artichoke Purée & Thyme Foam simply delicious. This heavenly dish led us on to our main course which consisted of a Pan Roasted breast of Pheasant , Confit Leg & Caramelised Celeriac Purée with the added delight of Potato Dauphinois which is always amazing here We now needed a rest before moving on to desserts to which we were told there would be two. This was music to my ears as yes I love desserts. The first dessert was a devine Coconut Brûlée with Mango Sorbet & White Chocolate Aero . This was followed by a Pumpkin Tart with Nutmeg Ice Cream & Poached Clementines & Purée. We wondered if the Tart would be a bit savoury but it was nice & light and worked well with the nutmeg ice cream it was just delicious We finished with a coffee and petit fours to bring to an end another fabulous lunch at Haywards and if this is what's to come in 2019 then all diners are in for something special. I would highly recommend a visit so you can see for yourself why this restaurant gets the accolades it deserves. In Jahdre they have one of the best chefs around & under the guidance of Amanda & Anne the front of house team are so friendly and professional. So don't delay and book a table today you will not be disappointed. I'll probably be back in a couple of weeks for another fantastic visit 

Lloyd S

19 March 2018  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Amazing Tasting Menu
There are many reasons why I'm a frequent diner at Haywards but the main ones are 1) the food is always amazing created by Chef Jahdre Hayward and his wonderful team 2) the wine which we often asked to be matched with each course is chosen superbly by Restaurant Manager Amanda Hayward and 3) the service is very professional from the excellent young and friendly waiters/waitresses and it was a pleasure to have witnessed all three once again on Saturday as we took friends to experience a Tasting Menu & Matched Wines evening. On arrival we were greeted so warmly before being shown to our table where we enjoyed a lovely cocktail while perusing the menu. It didn't take us long to decide that we were all going to have the Tasting Menu. After enjoying some delightful snacks it was time for the first course a fabulous Chicken Leg & Sweetbread Ravioli with a Roast Chicken Consommé. Our second course was the Optional Extra Course of Scallop , Octopus , Red Pepper Purée & Chorizo Foam serves in the Scallop Shell. This led us onto the fantastic Mushroom Risotto topped with Black Truffle We then moved on to a beautiful fish course of a Fillet of Cod and a Brussels Sprout Purée before going on to the main course a Braised Short Rib of Beef with miso & aubergine purée which was equally as fantastic. Before moving onto to the desserts we all decided have the additional cheese course as the restaurant has a wonderful selection of British & Irish Cheeses Now it was time for dessert and another memorable dish a nice a light Chocolate & Hazelnut Mousse with an Orange Sorbet & Yoghurt Foam we then received a lovely surprise as the Chef sent us out an extra dessert a stunning Apple Crumble Soufflé & Cinnamon Ice Cream which brought us to an end of a very memorable evening. I would really like to Thank all of the team at Haywards for such a fantastic evening. To Jahdre for the amazing food , to Amanda & assistant Anne for the wine selection which included a delightful wine from a local supplier Parvills Farm in Epping and to the waitresses for exceptional service. This restaurant to me is the Best in Essex and the county really should be so proud of it and one that should definitely be placed on anyone's places to dine lists

Lloyd S

06 May 2017  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Great Cooking Demonstration
Great day at Haywards cooking Demo with Chef Patron Jahdre Hayward good to see a chef in action cooking and telling you the process of each dish definitely a worthwhile thing to see makes you appreciate how hard a restaurants team work to produce amazing food for your pleasure

Lloyd S

30 December 2016  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Last visit of 2016
Couldn't think of a better way to end the year than visiting our favourite local restaurant. This was our 21st visit of the year and the food & service was consistently as good as always . If you like fine dining but don't want to go into London the this is the place for you. The restaurant serves excellent European Cuisine and also has great Wines to match your food . The restaurant has a nice friendly atmosphere and is a great place for couples or groups and can host bigger parties in the Stable #epping #Essex #restaurant #FineDining

Lloyd S

13 November 2016  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Sunday Lunch
Just a perfect place to enjoy a fantastic Sunday Lunch

Lloyd S

19 October 2016  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Best Restaurant in Essex
I'm a frequent diner at this restaurant and it's not hard to see why . Under the excellent guidance of Chef Patron Jahdre Hayward the restaurant serves amazing European Cuisine. The Front of House is expertly run by wife Amanda who's group of young waiters & waitresses are very friendly making your dining experience a pleasureable one Using produce from the garden to create a choice of menus from Lunch , Al a Carte & Tasting Menu and also a fantastic Roast Dinner menu on Sundays
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